Why later-in-life relationships are important — and ways to find them

If you’re living without a life partner, count yourself among a rapidly growing segment of the 50-plus generation. Maybe you’ve never been married. Perhaps you’ve suffered the death of a spouse or you’re divorced.

Regardless of your circumstances, you might find yourself longing for deeper personal connections — whether that’s entering into a romantic relationship or growing friendships.

How to meet new people

Research shows that having meaningful relationships is good for mental and physical health. And while it can feel tough to meet new people as we age, there are actually many ways to forge meaningful, beneficial connections if you feel willing to try new things.


Find ways to serve alongside people who care about the same causes you do. Those you meet will have a heart for helping others — an excellent pool of people to get to know.

Try an app

If you’re seeking a romantic relationship, online dating can be a great platform for connecting with other singles at your own pace and on your own terms. Along those same lines, there are also friendship apps that help you meet people in your area or who share similar interests.

Find a hobby

Do you like classical music, reading or cooking? Ramp up the time you spend on the things you love, and you’ll be more likely to meet others who share the same interests.

Venture out

On the flipside, get out of your comfort zone to broaden your relationship horizons. Not artsy? Take a painting class anyway. Never picked up a pickleball racket?

Sign up for a group lesson

Be open to new experiences — and new people.

Pick up a new sport

Golf, bocce ball, ping-pong, bowling, pickleball and croquet are just some of the activities you might find available at your local community or senior center.

If you’re uneasy about venturing out alone, bring a friend or family member to the first outing. Having support can make it easier to start conversations with others. In time, you’ll make new friends and start to feel more comfortable going on your own.

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